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North and South Korea hold border talks to discuss improved links

Officials from the two Koreas met at a border village for talks about talks as part of an agreement that defused a military stand-off in August.

The rivals threatened war against each other last summer over land mine explosions blamed on Pyongyang that maimed two South Korean soldiers.

The stand-off was eased later in August when the Koreas met for marathon talks and agreed on a set of tension-reduction deals that includes resuming discussions between senior officials.

Today's meeting is aimed at discussing when and where those high-level talks should be held with what agenda, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry.

The Koreas said in late August they would hold the high-level talks either in Seoul or Pyongyang in the near future to discuss how to improve ties.

Last month, the two Koreas held reunions of families separated by war for the first time since February last year, a sign that they were carrying out on reconciliation efforts stipulated in the August agreements.

There are still continuing animosities between the rivals, which remain divided along the world's most heavily fortified border since their 1950-1953 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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